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Welcome to our plant search tool. This database contains many of the thousands of plants that we carry. There are some notable exceptions. Hundreds of new perennials come out every year and Make It Green has been a leader in making them available to you. Eventually the recent introductions will make it to our plant search tool but every year there will be a lag between our in-store plant selection and this search tool. Unfortunately this search tool can't cover everything that we will carry this year. We also carry over 100 varieties of rare and unusual evergreens and over 100 varieties of hard-to-find shrubs many of which are not in the plant search. Click on the Plant List button for a list of nearly all the woody plants (trees, shrubs and evergreens) that we have ordered or already have in stock for this coming year.


Creeping Alpine Willow*

Salix nakamurana var. yezoalpina

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Creeping Alpine Willow (Salix nakamurana var. yezoalpina) at Make It Green Garden Centre

Creeping Alpine Willow flowers

Creeping Alpine Willow flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Creeping Alpine Willow (Salix nakamurana var. yezoalpina) at Make It Green Garden Centre

Creeping Alpine Willow

Creeping Alpine Willow

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  6 inches

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Yezo Dwarf Willow


A different kind of willow, this is a creeping, prostrate shrub that spreads to fill in an area, features bright green heart shaped foliage covered in fine hairs when young; particularly effective trailing over walls or around rocks

Ornamental Features

Creeping Alpine Willow features unusual yellow catkins along the branches in early spring, which emerge from distinctive silver flower buds before the leaves. It has attractive dark green foliage with grayish green undersides. The fuzzy heart-shaped leaves are highly ornamental and turn gold in fall. The gold stems are very effective and add winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Creeping Alpine Willow is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a ground-hugging habit of growth. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

Creeping Alpine Willow is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Creeping Alpine Willow will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Rock  Garden  Groundcover 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features